Trinity Industries, Inc. (TRN) Stock Up After Upgrade at Zacks Investment Research

Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN) shares rose in value on Wednesday January 18 on lower trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock with a upgraded rating.

Meanwhile, in early trade today, the S&P 500 SPX, +0.00% was off 2 points, or 0.1%, at 2,265, shortly after open. The Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.20% was flat at 5,537. The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.20% slipped 54 points or 0.3%, to 19,770.

Analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN) from Strong Sell to Hold today. With a rating of Hold on the shares, Trinity Industries, Inc. has a 52-week high of $29.31. The one-year price target of $23.88 is a decrease compared to the opening price of $27.53, causing a number of other analysts to report on the stock recently. Share prices sometimes get a spike to the upside when analysts upgrade a stock.

Shares of Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN) opened at $27.53 yesterday and traded in a range between, $27.41 and $27.80, and last traded at $27.71, which is a spike of $0.16 from the previous closing price.

Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN) now has a market cap of 4.22B.

Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN) Average Daily Trading Volume

142,254 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 66 percent lower than the average, out of a total float 134,226,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as momentum traders often use swings in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

However, a single day of heavy buy side trading is not enough to assert a trend. As such, market traders will continue to watch for institutional sponsorship as a signal that financial institutions are moving forward.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

Professional investors such as these retain substantial teams of analysts that research thousands of stocks, so it is good confirmation to see them taking a postion in a stock you are considering.

Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN) now has a 50-day MA of $28.16 and 200-day MA of $24.54. It has traded in a 52-week range between $14.94 – 29.31 and today’s last price is 5.46%% lower than the 52 week high of $29.31.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors watch for companies that have grown their earnings by at least 25% over a 3 year period.

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